Read about our keynote speakers who will be embracing innovation and technology to deliver their talks remotely. They will be covering topics that affect all members of our community.

Our plenary and special lectures are intended to bring our community together to consider the most important topics, challenges and opportunities that face the OBGYN and ultrasound profession as a whole. We bring you the leaders of our field to deliver these lectures and lead the conversation.
Friday October 16
The history of ultrasound
Prof. Stuart Campbell
Explaining early pregnancy failure
Prof. Jan Brosens
A plea for good methodology - the strengths and limitations of approaches to developing prediction models in obstetrics and gynecology
Prof. Ben Van Calster
Risk assessment for pre-eclampsia
Prof. Kypros Nicolaides 
 How to go from ultrasound signs to syndrome diagnosis 
Prof. Beryl Benacerraf
Saturday October 17   
Human stem cells: the new patient?
Prof. Christine Mummery
Self-evidencing babies
Prof. Karl Friston
New ideas about risk assessment, prevention, and treatment of patients at risk for spontaneous preterm birth 
Dr Roberto Romero 
Latest research on MRI
Prof. Daniela Prayer 
Stuart Campbell Lecture 2020
Prediction and prevention of small-for-gestational-age neonates: evidence from SPREE and ASPRE 
Dr Min Yi Tan
Progress and challenges in female fertility preservation Prof. 
Richard Anderson
Tips and tricks to improve your gynecologic scans Prof. Steven Goldstein
Sunday October 18
Burnout and wellbeing: being a doctor can be bad for your health
Prof. Tom Bourne 
Racial & ethnic disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality: where do we go from here?
Dr Laura Riley
Is it possible to make a diagnosis of less common ovarian tumours on ultrasound? Prof. Antonia Testa
The impact of the microbiome on pregnancy: from miscarriage to prematurity  Prof. Phil Bennett


2001 Gold Medal Award article

Receiving her MD in 1976 from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Benacerraf went on to complete her internship at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her fellowship in ultrasound and computed tomography at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During her 30-year academic affiliation with Harvard Medical School, she has risen to the rank of clinical professor in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology and radiology. From 1991 through 1993, Dr. Benacerraf was codirector of high-risk obstetric ultrasound at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and from 1993 through 1999 she was director of the obstetric ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Active in the ultrasound community, Dr. Benacerraf has directed and organized a host of postgraduate ultrasound courses. Among her many roles in the ultrasound community, she is an elected fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, was treasurer of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology for 7 years and is a current board member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She was treasurer of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) for 2 years,  is the current President of that society.   Dr. Benacerraf is also the medical director and president of Diagnostic Ultrasound Associates, PC, a medical practice that she founded in 1982.  She has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine from 2000 to 2010.   Her contributions to the field of diagnostic ultrasound have been recognized by the receipt of the Ian Donald Gold Medal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Frye Award and the Holmes award both of the American Institute of Ultrasound.  She was selected to deliver the Silver Lecture at Barnard College in 2007, and received the 2008 Marie Curie Award from the Association of Women Radiologists. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Larry Mack award for lifetime achievement in ultrasound research from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.

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Executive Committee, Honours Committee, Nominations Committee

Professor Tom Bourne

ISUOG President 2020 - 2022, Virtual World Congress Technical Congress Chair 2020 and 2021, 2022 World Congress Co-Chair, Executive Committee, Finance & Risk Committee, Nominations Committee

Professor Tom Bourne was ISUOG President between 2020 and 2022 and is curently Chair in Gynaecology at Imperial College London, Hon Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlottes and Chelsea hospital and Visiting Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium. He is an authority on managing early pregnancy complications, emergency gynaecology and gynaecological ultrasonography. He trained in ultrasound at Kings College Hospital in London. He subsequently worked at the University of Göteborg, Sweden as Medical Research Council visiting scientist, Hamar in Norway, and Leuven in Belgium. He was appointed senior lecturer and consultant gynaecologist at St George's University Hospital London before moving to Imperial College. He has edited seven books and published over 400 papers. He sits on the management committee of the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. He is medical advisor and trustee of the patient group, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. He is immediate Past-President of the UK Association of Early Pregnancy Units. He is co-founder and CEO of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) group and sits on the steering committees of several large multicentre international trials. He is founder member of the RCOG task force on “supporting our doctors”. He is honorary fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, honorary member of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and honorary member of the Brazilian and Hungarian Ultrasound Societies.

His principal research interest is diagnostics in early pregnancy and gynaecology including the IOTA, IETA, IDEA and MUSA studies, microbiome, metabolomics, novel biomarkers, and AI. His interests include the psychology of pregnancy loss and physician welfare including studies with the BMA and RCOG.

Country: UK

Language: English

Field: Gynaecology

Specialties: Early Pregnancy Care, Emergency Gynaecology, Ultrasound in Oncology, Gynaecological Ultrasonography, Physician Wellbeing

Selected Notable Publications:

Sporadic miscarriage: evidence to provide effective care. Coomarasamy A, Gallos ID, Papadopoulou A, Dhillon-Smith RK, Al-Memar M, Brewin J, Christiansen OB, Stephenson MD, Oladapo OT, Wijeyaratne CN, Small R, Bennett PR, Regan L, Goddijn M, Devall AJ, Bourne T, Brosens JJ, Quenby S.

Lancet. 2021 May 1;397(10285):1668-1674. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00683-8. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Validation of models to diagnose ovarian cancer in patients managed surgically or conservatively: multicentre cohort study.

Van Calster B, Valentin L, Froyman W, Landolfo C, Ceusters J, Testa AC, Wynants L, Sladkevicius P, Van Holsbeke C, Domali E, Fruscio R, Epstein E, Franchi D, Kudla MJ, Chiappa V, Alcazar JL, Leone FPG, Buonomo F, Coccia ME, Guerriero S, Deo N, Jokubkiene L, Savelli L, Fischerová D, Czekierdowski A, Kaijser J, Coosemans A, Scambia G, Vergote I, Bourne T, Timmerman D.

BMJ. 2020 Jul 30;370:m2614. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m2614.

Posttraumatic stress, anxiety and depression following miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy: a multicenter, prospective, cohort study.

Farren J, Jalmbrant M, Falconieri N, Mitchell-Jones N, Bobdiwala S, Al-Memar M, Tapp S, Van Calster B, Wynants L, Timmerman D, Bourne T.

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Apr; 222(4):367.e1-367.e22. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.10.102.

Risk of complications in patients with conservatively managed ovarian tumours (IOTA5): a 2-year interim analysis of a multicentre, prospective, cohort study.

Froyman W, Landolfo C, De Cock B, Wynants L, Sladkevicius P, Testa AC, Van Holsbeke C, Domali E, Fruscio R, Epstein E, Dos Santos Bernardo MJ, Franchi D, Kudla MJ, Chiappa V, Alcazar JL, Leone FPG, Buonomo F, Hochberg L, Coccia ME, Guerriero S, Deo N, Jokubkiene L, Kaijser J, Coosemans A, Vergote I, Verbakel JY, Bourne T, Van Calster B, Valentin L, Timmerman D.

Lancet Oncol. 2019 Mar; 20(3): 448-458. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30837-4.

Defining safe criteria to diagnose miscarriage: prospective observational multicentre study. Preisler J, Kopeika J, Ismail L, Vathanan V, Farren J, Abdallah Y, Battacharjee P, Van Holsbeke C, Bottomley C, Gould D, Johnson S, Stalder C, Van Calster B, Hamilton J, Timmerman D, Bourne T.

BMJ. 2015 Sep 23; 351:h4579. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h4579.

Evaluating the risk of ovarian cancer before surgery using the ADNEX model to differentiate between benign, borderline, early and advanced stage invasive, and secondary metastatic tumours: prospective multicentre diagnostic studies. Van Calster B, Van Hoorde K, Valentin L, Testa AC, Fischerova D, Van Holsbeke C, Savelli L, Franchi D, Epstein E, Kaijser J, Van Belle V, Czekierdowski A, Guerriero S, Fruscio R, Lanzani C, Scala F, Bourne T, Timmerman D; International Ovarian Tumour Analysis Group.

BMJ. 2014 Oct 15;349:g5920. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g5920.

Diagnostic criteria for nonviable pregnancy early in the first trimester. Doubilet PM, Benson CB, Bourne T, Blaivas M; Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Multispecialty Panel on Early First Trimester Diagnosis of Miscarriage and Exclusion of a Viable Intrauterine Pregnancy, Barnhart KT, Benacerraf BR, Brown DL, Filly RA, Fox JC, Goldstein SR, Kendall JL, Lyons EA, Porter MB, Pretorius DH, Timor-Tritsch IE.

N Engl J Med. 2013 Oct 10; 369(15): 1443-51. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1302417.

Limitations of current definitions of miscarriage using mean gestational sac diameter and crown-rump length measurements: a multicenter observational study. Abdallah Y, Daemen A, Kirk E, Pexsters A, Naji O, Stalder C, Gould D, Ahmed S, Guha S, Syed S, Bottomley C, Timmerman D, Bourne T.

Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Nov; 38(5): 497-502. doi: 10.1002/uog.10109.

He is President of the UK Association of Early Pregnancy Units (AEPU), Trustee of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and on the steering committee of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) trial.

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Scientific Committee, 2020 Virtual Congress Honorary Congress Chair

Professor Stuart Campbell is a pioneer of Ultrasound Diagnosis in medicine. He as introduced many new techniques such as the routine pregnancy scan, the early diagnosis of fetal abnormalities, the assessment of fetal growth and wellbeing and ultrasound screening for ovarian cancer. He holds numerous international honours and has recently introduced 3D scanning to the UK and set up the first 4D Ultrasound Clinic. He has also pioneered the screening for pre-eclampsia by uterine artery Doppler.

1992 Gold Medal Award article

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Dr Steven R. Goldstein, MD is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University School of Medicine. He is the immediate Past President of the International Menopause Society (IMS). He is Past President and Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) as well as Past President of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). He is past Chairman of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), New York Section.

His pioneering work in menopausal and perimenopausal ultrasound led him into design of uterine safety studies for several Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. He was author of the ACOG Technical Bulletin ‘Ultrasound in Gynecology’ as well as the author of their practice guidelines on SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators). He has served as the liaison physician from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to the Women’s Health Imaging Panel of the American College of Radiology. He has been an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of the Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

In 2016, he received the Clarkson Award from NAMS for lifetime achievement in menopause research. In 2019, he received the Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer award from AIUM. In 2023, he received the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award from AIUM in recognition of his distinguished career and contributions to the growth and development of medical ultrasound.

He has published seven books on women’s health topics, including menopause, perimenopause, early pregnancy monitoring, abnormal uterine bleeding and gynecologic ultrasounds. He has authored more than 60 chapters in textbooks as well as over 80 original research articles. He is one of the most highly recognised and regarded individuals in the field of vaginal probe ultrasound worldwide. He has been a guest faculty member, invited speaker, visiting professor or course director over 400 times throughout the United States and the world. Read more.

Country: USA

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine; abnormal uterine bleeding; postmenopausal ultrasound; incidental findings in gynecological ultrasound; ovarian cancer screening

Language: English

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Christine Mummery is Professor of Developmental Biology and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology. After studying physics at the University of Nottingham, she conducted a PhD at the University of London in the field of biophysics. From 1978 she held a postdoc position at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, where she became group leader in 1985. Her research mainly focused on mouse embryons and mouse embryonic stem cells in which she studied growth and differentiation in early development. In 2000 she introduced human embryonic stem cells to the Netherlands and received the first license to develop new cell lines from surplus IVF embryons. Four lines were developed. Much of the work on these cell lines involved their differentiation into cardiomyocytes. In 2002 she was appointed professor of Heart Developmental Biology at the Utrecht University Medical Center by the Interuniversity Cardiological Institute of the Netherlands. In 2007, she received a Harvard Stem Cell Institute / Radcliffe Fellowship for a sabbatical from MGH and the Department of Disease Biophysics in Harvard. In 2008, she and her group came to the LUMC to continue research on human embryonic stem cells and cardiovascular cell lines, including induced pluripotent stem cells.
She is currently Deputy Editor in Chief of Stem Cell Research, and has a seat on the Editorial (Advisory) Boards of Cell Stem Cell, Stem Cells, the International Journal of Developmental Biology, and Differentiation. She also holds board positions at the Dutch Heart Foundation, the Central Commission for Research with People, the KNAW (Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences) and ZonMW (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development).
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1999 Gold Medal Award article

Prof. Kypros Nicolaides is Professor of Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital, London. He was born in Cyprus and studied medicine at Kings, training in obstetrics and gynecology and specialising in fetal medicine. He has carried out extensive research in many aspects of fetal diagnosis and therapy leading to the publication of more than 1400 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. His research publications on imaging and prenatal diagnosis have transformed ultrasound practice and his work to implement quality control for nuchal translucency has led to this technique becoming an established screening test of Down's syndrome and other genetic conditions. He was awarded the ISUOG Ian Donald Gold Medal in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field.

He has provided training in fetal medicine to more than 500 doctors from 50 countries and has supervised more than 50 doctors to undertake research leading to PhDs and MDs. In 1995 he founded the charity The Fetal Medicine Foundation, which has donated more than £45 million to promote research and training in fetal medicine throughout the world.

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ISUOG Trustee (2013-2019), Governance group, Fetal MRI Focus Group

Daniela Prayer is a Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria (MUW), Head of the Department Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy. She is also a Board member of ISUOG, ESMRMB, and the Austrian Society of Perinatology. She is a member of the European and Austrian Society of Neuroradiology, RSNA, International Society of prenatal Diagnosis and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Country: Austria

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Radiology

Specialties: Fetal anomalies; fetal brain

Languages: English; German

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Maternal Fetal Medicine subspecialist trainee

Dr Min Yi Tan MB BCh BAO (Hons) MRCOG, is a subspecialist trainee in Maternal Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital London. She graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2008 and completed a Fetal Medicine Foundation Fellowship under the supervision of Professor Nicolaides in 2016. Her clinical work incorporates high risk obstetrics and fetal medicine practice. Her research interests include the prediction of pre-eclampsia and of small for gestational age fetuses.
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ISUOG Trustee (2011-2019), ISUOG Committees and Working Groups: Editorial Board of UOG, VISUOG Task Force, Governance group

Dr Antonia Carla Testa studied medicine at the Catholic University in Rome. She did her residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the same university and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She obtained a Doctorate in fetal and pediatric cardiological sciences.

Since 1998 she worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Catholic University in Rome. In 2004 she became an Assistant Professor in the same University. Since 1989 she has been involved in ultrasound research, at first in the use of Doppler velocimetry in pregnancy and then in the study of ovarian masses and oncological pathologies. At present she is in charge of the gyne-oncological ultrasound service at the Catholic University in Rome.

Country: Italy

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological oncology, gynecological ultrasound

Languages: Italian, English

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